Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern "Living Wage" (Math & Economics Disagree)

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez hit with ethics complaint 'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'
Johnnie Parks | 07 December, 2018, 22:44

In short, even supposing the numbers involved in Ocasio-Cortez's tweet were accurate - a big if - the two reports are not comparable in any meaningful way. The self-described democratic-socialist has taken her advocacy of workers' rights to Washington where she has already begun to take on the way congressional staffers in general, and interns in particular, are paid. "We will be one of them". I chatted up the staff.

In a fiery series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez shamed lawmakers for not doing enough to ensure interns are paid a workable wage across the board. "This is a disgrace".

"I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up", the congresswoman-elect tweeted as she egged Trump Jr. on.

Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vowed to pay her interns at least $15 an hour Tuesday night, after calling for Congress to increase wages for their staffers.

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It was not clear if the warring parties would hold direct talks or if Griffiths would shuttle between the two sides. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his support for the talks in a tweet on Monday.


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Areport in 2017 from non-profit group Pay Our Interns found that in the House, just 8% of Republicans and 3.6% of Democrats pay interns.

A study out a year ago, according to the HuffPost says that only 51 per cent of Republican senators offer paid internships and just 31 per cent of Democrats do.

From 2019, both the Senate and the House will have funds to pay interns. An appropriations measure signed by President Donald Trump in September included an annual allowance of $20,000 per House member for internships. Schumer's office told Rolling Stone that the ad "was made in error" and that beginning in January, they will offer "a stipend to eligible interns". After her election win in November, she disclosed to the New York Times that she was unable to afford an apartment in Washington until she started receiving her own congressional salary, calling the situation one of the "many little ways in which our electoral system isn't even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead".

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